Boardman native's film features stellar cast, premiered here Friday

By GUY D’ASTOLFO

dastolfo@vindy.com

Stick with “The Power of Few” because the payoff is so worth it.

“Power” is the debut feature film from Boardman native Leone Marucci, who wrote and directed it. The film premiered Friday at Tinseltown in Boardman and at a theater in Columbus. It is expected to expand to other cities in coming weeks.

“Power” is an action film with an ensemble cast that’s enmeshed in a convoluted story. But once you catch up to it, “Power” morphs into an engrossing puzzle, satisfying in its construction and surprising in its outcome.

It’s an auspicious start for Marucci, who has assembled a remarkable cast that includes Christian Slater, Q’orianka Kilcher, Moon Bloodgood, Anthony Anderson, Juvenile and a great Christopher Walken as a straggly street person who once was a famous face in town.

Talk-show legend Larry King is also here. He plays himself — delivering news about the theft of the Shroud of Turin.

If you’re wondering how a rookie director like Marucci attracted such top-shelf talent, the answer lies in his crackling script.

It’s whip smart, although it takes a while to reveal its secrets.

Read the full story about Marucci and his movie in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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